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Stories about kids, guns and how to stop the violence. Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. The series applies a public health lens to each story to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that contributes to violence in Milwaukee?

#073 Precious Lives: Preparing for a Career in Law Enforcement

Courtesy of the City of Milwaukee
Police Aides Jada Greer and Sergio Rivera

Police aides Sergio Rivera and Jada Greer grew up skeptical of police officers, and in communities where they weren’t phased by gunfire.

And now, if they succeed in the police aide program, they might join a new class of officers who will be responding to violent scenarios around the city.

Precious Lives spoke with them about why they’re motivated to join the force, and what kinds of officers they would like to be.

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